At least nine dead as stage collapses at Mexico campaign rally

Legend, Presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez was holding a rally at the time

At least nine people were killed, including a child, and 50 others were injured after a stage collapsed at a campaign rally in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo León, the local governor said .

The incident occurred as center-left presidential candidate Jorge Alvarez Maynez was giving a speech in the town of San Pedro Garza Garcia, near Monterrey.

Mr Maynez was not injured in the collapse and was seen speaking to supporters after the incident. Several members of his team were injured, he said.

Footage has been released apparently showing the moment the lighting structure collapsed while a number of people were on stage.

A video posted on social media showed Mr Maynez greeting his supporters, then running to safety as part of the structure toppled.

State Governor Samuel Garcia urged local residents to stay home due to thunderstorms and strong winds in the area.

“If you can, avoid going out because there are storms and unusual winds. I will keep you informed,” he wrote on X.

Reacting to news of the incident, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was sending “a hug to family members, friends of the victims and political supporters.”

Mr. Maynez is the candidate of the Citizen Movement party and is currently in third position in national polls.

The period leading up to the elections, which are due to take place on June 2, has been among the deadliest in the country’s history.

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